The first report of the “Club of Rome” (www.clubofrome.org) in 1972, was a hot topic of discussion during my first years at Wageningen University. Next to more “traditional” pollution by SO2 and NOx; the impact of halocarbons on the ozone hole, climate change was now also on the agenda of many lectures during my environmental sciences study. A frustrating observation at that time was that it would take until approx. the year 2000 to gather sufficient data to prove statistically that the climate is changing and the average global temperature is increasing.
By now most relevant parties are in agreement that there is such a thing as climate change and the debate now is how to avoid an average global temperature increase of more than 2 degrees celsius. There is a need for change – and fast – in order to contain the number of storms, droughts, heat waves and other extreme climate phenomena by the time that our grand kids are in charge.
A lot is already being done. More efficient use of energy, the introduction of renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and – more recently – the use of crop residues to produce biofuels are all good initiatives. But in order to stay within the 2 degrees celsius increase, much more is needed and fast.
The purpose of Bio Refinery Development BV is to contribute to this change by offering services to manage the development of bio-refineries; refineries that convert crop residues or energy crops to cellulosic ethanol, advanced biodiesel and cellulosic sugars for bio-based chemicals.